It has become an old cliché every year. Giving thanks, sharing food and drink with family and friends, feeling fat, overfed, and sleepy; passing out on the sofa watching football games, burping dessert, and— suffering through those darned parades…
There’s a reason why we celebrate Thanksgiving…to reflect on the wealth of our blessings, pray for those who are struggling and alone, and remembering those who have touched our lives who are gone from this world.
Thanksgiving, regardless of your religious beliefs, is about thanking God and each other. This day is about expressing gratitude to those we love and who love us. We tend to take it all so for granted when life can turn on a dime – like it will always be there – but love is not free nor is it as commonplace as we so often believe. To be loved in itself is a blessing when so many of us are very much alone.
To those who are alone I invite you to seek the company and befriend those who will grow to love you with time. Relationships take time to unfold. Ask what you can contribute to a relationship. Waste not your time on those incapable of love for another. There are those in the world who don’t have the capacity to love—regardless of how much you may love them. Reach out to friends and family and wish them a Happy Thanksgiving.
Let loved ones know you are thinking of them and are grateful.
As you gather with family and friends this Thanksgiving, remember to exercise caution. Be safe. And…make sure you’re around for next Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone…